Getting ready

Just received an email from Delta, reminding me that I can check in now.  I cannot believe it; I am only hours away to see Le Beau again.



My bag is hardly packed, and I literally mean bag.  It’s been a little over a decade — 10 years and 2 months to be a wee bit more precise — since I last went to New Jersey, so you can only imagine all the knick knacks my clan decided to send to our families there.

That luggage guide sure is handy now.  I only wish it also counted the number of items for the dailies and the undergarms.

I don’t know why I waited so long to come back.  Perhaps there was not enough reason to go back.  And that is not saying family is not reason enough; we’re just always used to having them here.  Now, it’s a completely different story.

I remember a quote from The Last Time I Saw Mother by Arlene Chair, a quote about migrants:

Migrants, I think, are people who are never whole, never completely in one place.  Ours is a fractured existence.

I think that’s completely accurate.  When my cousins are here in the Philippines, we give them such a homecoming and they make no effort in hiding their joy to be back.  But after a while, they start missing a part of their home too and this home starts to feel foreign.  What a wave of emotions.

And maybe, since I’m being so sentimental pre-flight, in a way I am coming home too.  It may not be a place, but the person sure feels like home to me.



And maybe, that’s too much romanticism for a trip, too much emotions for something that will come to an end at the boarding gate in JFK.

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

And maybe, that end is just the beginning.  And it would mean more than just a vacation vacation.

My aunt was teasing my mom, saying that it was a dry run of things to come, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, okay?  I’m just excited that I am actually going on a vacation vacation.  No school to worry about.  No work.  Just a quick vacation.

With Le Beau.


Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Returned, I have?

Forgive the hiatus.  I have repeatedly told myself that this year would be different, but even with the weekly notification from WordPress, I still failed to update the blog as regularly as possible.

Blame it on my Superman complex.  I actually thought I can juggle a full-time job, three major subjects for grad school, an LDR, chores and errands, family stuff, and a whole dollop of me-time.  Ha.  Noting the number of zits that have popped across my forehead and the existence of eyebags upon eyebags, I have come to conclude that I have bitten off more than I can chew.

Relief, however, comes after some time.  I have a handful of minutes to relish the fact that, after this week, this term’s grad school is officially over.  I could not be more relieved.  I am never overloading on subjects again!

As much as I want to finish, I really should not have done away with so many major subjects at a time.  It is embarrassing to say, but it was work that suffered.  Oh, how I wish that work did not suffer as much as it did.  But it did.  Oh it so did.  I will definitely pay more attention to time management now.  There must be a semblance of life balance in what I do….

…. which includes physical health.  Coming from an annual physical exam, it was discovered that I indulge too much in um, savory food to say the least.  I think — I THINK — with a weight gain of almost 10 pounds since Paris — Oh Paris, I wish I can escape to you — I eat my stress away.  So, like every year, I embark yet again on a journey to physical wellness this time.  And I hope that the quick 6 week break from schooling will help me build a firmer and stronger workout habit.

It's A Numbers Game

Le Beau is quite concerned and I can’t afford to have another person worrying about me.  My mother already has that covered.  So yeah.  Here we go again right?

I figured it out though.  Or at least I’ve planned it all in my head.  I have to shed some weight first before I start building muscle again.  I’ve done it before, right after finishing the management program in 2010.  Given, of course, that my body might not respond as quickly as it used to four years ago, it surely is worth a shot.

That means sleeping longer, eating better, lessening sugar and well, yoga.  Yoga is my life saver.  Le Beau knows it too; he finds me more pleasant and happy and relaxed after yoga.  And I would like to think a pleasant and relaxed partner is someone he deserves to have.  Yihee.  Bring on the cheese.

Yoga is

Oh, it’s National Poetry Month!  A good friend Ginny has constantly posted beautiful words on Facebook and I have to thank her because now, I look forward to it!  I have forgotten, too, the power of the written word.  Because of that, I shall do my best to keep posting lovely prose — at least, lovely to me — in this channel.

I hope you enjoy this journey — wellness and artistry — even though I basically force you to go with me on it.

May you have a much better managed day than mine.  :)  I leave you with Tyler Knott Gregson.  Tell you more about how I discovered him later.

Tyler Knott Gregson #319
Thank you, Pinterest, for being my constant source of images.

Good enough

Lately, I’ve been perusing Pinterest more than usual. I ran into this quote earlier today and well… I can’t help but be a bit heartbroken about it.


Don’t worry. You were very good to me.

Pinterest Day: Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Anyone who is on Pinterest can attest to the desire to make or create at least one of the things we pin to our board.  But then, no one ever really gets around them.  Since my glitter heel venture, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and try another Pinterest venture, this time in the kitchen.

I found this stove-top macaroni and cheese recipe from Evil Shenanigans, and well, it turned out pretty okay.

Here are your ingredients:

8oz macaroni, or any smallish tube shaped pasta
1 tablespoon butter
6 oz evaporated milk
6 oz freshly grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
Hot sauce, to taste
Salt and pepper

I’m pretty much guilty about not measuring stuff.  I’m more like, “That looks like 8 ounces!” or “I think that’s about a tablespoon”, so I’m quite lucky that it turned out pretty well.

Cook the pasta as directed, but deduct one minute from actual cooking time.  You’re going to need that one minute to prevent it from getting soggy.  Drain the pasta and put in back in the saucepan.  On medium heat, melt the butter well.

Mix together the egg, milk, mustard and red pepper, then pour it over the pasta.  It’ll thicken in about four minutes.  Remove pasta from the heat and slowly stir in the cheese.

No, I didn’t measure the cheese.  You can never have too much cheese.  Ask my niece Chuchi.

My finished product:

I know it’s nowhere close to the one from Pinterest, and I believe it’s mainly because I used too little milk.  The mac and cheese turned out quite “webby” with the cheese absolutely visible when pulled apart. What I liked about it though is the fact that I substituted ½ teaspoon of red pepper for the hot sauce.  It was like mac and cheese with a kick.

What I was trying to recreate:

Photo from Evil Shenanigans

Next time I do this, it would be best to measure everything right?  Hahaha.  I find that funny because I know I’ll approximate yet again.  And dump more milk and cheese.  And more spicy stuff.  Oh well.

This dish goes best with meat.  It’s also a good afternoon snack.  Kids will go crazy for this.

Till the next Pinterest day!